8905 Lake Ave, Cleveland, OH | Directions 4410241.484443 -81.746183
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm
Sun 4:30pm- 9pm; Bar: Daily 11:30am-11pm
Great place for dinner for two – That was my first visit there with my boyfriend. And I was impressed with the interior design and the warmth of the place. The service was great and everyone was courteous.
We ordered the Chef's special for the evening, and neither my boyfriend and I knew about the meal, but it sounded interesting. And I must agree it was the awesome.
The food was fixed to perfection and was warm and was very attractive to the eye. I would definitely go back again and would recommend others to go.
Great Experience – From the service to the food, Don?s Lighthouse is a great experience. We enjoy the atmosphere and the service. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food is served hot and portions are ample. The steaks were cooked as ordered and the waitress followed up to make sure that we were satisfied with the meal. The food was well seasoned and well presented.
GREAT RESTAURANT – This restaurant was a great choice. I have been there twice now, once as a celebratory lunch w/co-workers, and once as a date, and both times the food, service, and atmosphere were great. The lunch crowd was busy but the service didn't miss a beat. Went for an off-night dinner w/my girlfriend who loved it. As a girl who loves nice restaurants and has lived everywhere from NY to FLA, she stated many times in the months following that this was by far one of her favorite restaurants. As a former server in college I can attest to the great service. And the food was great. The prices seemed closer to $$$ than $$ listed here, but it was reasonable and delicious. They seem to have very good specials, and I definitely recommend a visit. I will be back!
Think Joe?s Crab Shack or Red Lobster only add $100+ – Don?s Lighthouse is a very unique building and would be a wonderful place for a upscale restaurant, key phrase: would be! To start the staff and Don?s are robotic to say the lease! They have little to no expression, personality or friendliness. It seems like they are as miserable to be there as you will be about half way through your meal. However, the valet (which is usually complementary) is really nice and welcoming. The walls are painted with massive hot air balloons which remind me of a child?s room from a horror movie-it?s just really creepy. Save your money and enjoy your meal by not going to Don?s and any holiday or weekend night. I ordered a steak well done it came to me rare! My boyfriend?s meal was served to him cold and our wine glasses were so dirty that we wondered if they were washed. I feel that Don?s quality of food is more of a Red Lobster than an upscale sea food restaurant. The shape of the building allows for the ?Red Lobster-like? crowd to spoil your conversation and experience.
Excellent Food, OK service, atmosphere needs improving – I took my wife to Don's Lighthouse for our 1st wedding anniversary in May 2006. It was very crowded, but our anniversary happened to fall on Mother's Day this year, so that was understandable. It took a very long time for our waiter to even initially come to our table after we were seated, but he was trying to deal with the annoying party of 10 seated right behind us. Our food was top-notch....probably the best, most tender steak I've ever had. The desert was ok, but not the best (I had cheesecake.) My big complaint about this restaurant and probably the reason I will not go back is that the large party seated next to us had 4 children around the age of 3-5 years old.....they did nothing but scream, cry, and run around the restaurant to the point where my wife and I could not even hear each other speak! Now I don't hate children, but when I'm dropping over $100 on a dinner for two, I would like to think that other patrons would have the common sense not to take small children to a restaurant like this! I went to Don's Lighthouse web site after we had returned and wrote to them and expressed my concerns about the atmosphere....I never heard back from them. That seemed a little unproffesional and the loud atmosphere was enough to make me not want to go back, even though the food was excellent. Loud atmosphere at Don Pablo's....acceptable....at Don's Lighthouse where a meal for two costs over $100.....not very good in my opinion. If you want great food but a loud environment, go to Don's Lighthouse....but if you're like me, and enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere when dining on a $30 steak, go somewhere else.
User review by 1bigcookie – My husband and I loved the look of the restaurant and the food. We went in celebration of our second wedding anniversary for a more romantic and intimate scene. It did have that scene and feel we hoped for, I went with the booth for us. This was the first time we had ever been there.We thought the food was great,and the scene was nice and all but, I do'nt know probably because of the day we chose being a Saturday and all it was very chatty and loud in the area we were in. We definatly want to go back but it will have to be through the weekdays instead of the weekend. I feel that if we go on one of the weekdays next time it will have an even more romantic and intimate feel to the both of us.
My #1 special spot in Cleveland – My parents live in Cleveland, and whenever I go for a visit (like last week), I make it a priority to have dinner at Don's Lighthouse. The location is perfect... right on Lake Erie. (Especially convienent for West-siders heading downtown.)
If you need a place to have a special night out, with a lover , friend, company or family... this is the place!
It might take you a while to choose your entree, because so many of the appetizers scream to be tried. I really recommend whatever special they offer on the day you go... the freshest fish in town!
And the desserts... oh, the desserts. My advice: Save room for 'em.
Totally devoted to the catch of the day. – The Scene
Strange: Of all the fine Cleveland restaurants on whose menus you can find any number of great seafood dishes, there are few that devote themselves primarily to seafood. The patrons arrive casually elegant, with the hooked returning on the weekend to work on their mussels. Minutes from the downtown attractions via the West Shoreway, the Edgewater Beach State Park--home of the best sunsets in town--is just across the road.
When it comes to fish, Don's is decidedly old-school (no pun intended). This popular grill in a renovated lakefront resort hotel serves crab (fresh), swordfish (fresher) and assorted examples of the Great Lakes' bounty (still flopping). Cajun and Jamaican influences have crept into the classic preparation, so your shrimp may arrive jerked and your crab dinner under a bayou blanket.
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